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Buzz at Art New York & CONTEXT New York Fairs

Buzz at Art New York & CONTEXT New York Fairs

If you an art lover looking to make plans this weekend look no further.

Art New York and CONTEXT New York, presented by Art Miami, the leading U.S. based producer of international contemporary and modern art fairs, is hosting part of New York Art Week wat Pier 94. The fairs will run through to Sunday, May 7th and present important works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries from 120 international galleries, representing more than 1,200 artists from 50 countries. VIP Card holders are being offered private complimentary transportation to the fair.

The show is wonderful, well-thought out and plenty to see in all mediums.


Jason Newsted of Metallica’s Rawk series – Presented by Gary Lichtenstein Editions

“May has become the most important time in New York for the art market, attracting international collectors, curators and museum professionals, all looking to acquire the most important and freshest works the market has to offer,” said Nick Korniloff, Executive Vice President of Art Miami. “Art New York and CONTEXT New York continue to grow in quality and presence, and Pier 94 has quickly become the most important and proven venue for the exhibition and acquisition of the arts in New York. The fairs’ goal is to continue to compliment auctions, FRIEZE and others, by offering the most discerning, culturally savvy audience of collectors an alternative world class fair to enhance their existing collection, or provide a new collector the opportunity to develop a collection with confidence in the most accessible manner.”

Art New York and CONTEXT New York boast a selection of the most significant galleries that have exhibited at Art Miami, Art Basel, Design Miami, The Armory Show, Masterpiece, Expo Chicago and Art Dealers Association of America’s The Art Show, among many others. Art New York Fair Director Katelijne De Backer has handpicked a roster of galleries that will display the finest blue chip modern and contemporary works.


Jon Bon Jovi Stopped in to Art New York to support the Perry J. Cohen foundation exhibit featuring Bob Gruen’s picture of him in Moscow – picture with Pamela Cohen and wife Dorothea

Notable exhibitions include:

  • London’s ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN will present David Hockney’s Sunflower, a unique hand-colored pressed paper pulp on yellow TGL handmade paper (1978) and De Wain Valentine’s Circle, a cast and polished green polyester resin (1970). Other artists highlighted will include Keith Haring, Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


  • Casterline|Goodman Gallery, based in Aspen, will showcase Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Nets I. N. PQR (2007), which previously sold for nearly half a million dollars. The gallery will also present Ed Ruscha’s City (2008).


  • New York’s David Benrimon Fine Art will exhibit Andy Warhol’s screenprint Mickey Mouse (1981) and Franḉois-Xavier Lalanne’s famous bronze and epoxy stone sheep sculptures Brebis, Belier and Agneau from the Nouveaux Mouton series (1996-2010).


  • Munich’s Galerie Renate Bender will present pieces by Helmut Dirnaichner, Jus Juchtmans, Matt McClune, Lars Strandh and Ludwig Wilding. Wilding describes his works as “irritating art;” an investigation of the limits of visual perception and questioning the perceptual habits of the viewer and the interaction between the eye and the brain.


  • iPreciation of Singapore will offer a group exhibition featuring the work of Tang Da Wu, including Dragon , a charcoal pastel and ink on paper (2010), and Oh Chai Hoo’s Listening 听音, an ink on rice paper work (2016). Tang is the founder of The Artists Village, a contemporary art group in Singapore committed to fostering and advancing an increased consciousness of the importance of the arts and their contribution to Singapore society.


  • Jerome Zodo Gallery in London will highlight works from renowned artists, including Damien Hirst, Christo, Umberto Mariani and Agostino Bonalumi.


  • Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design in Heusden aan de Maas will present Peter Macapia’s Stain 1, a stainless-steel work from the series Stain (2015), and Dominic Harris’ Snow White, an LED piece from the series Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2015). Harris utilizes technology to create a surreal and whimsical take on reality.


  • London’s Sims Reed Gallery will exhibit Andy Warhol’s screenprint Green Pea from his celebrated Campbell’s Soup I series (1968), David Hockney’s lithograph Potted Daffodils (1980) and Roy Lichtenstein’s screenprint Titled (1996).


  • New York-based Vallarino Fine Art will showcase an array of Post-War American abstract expressionist works, including Frederick Hammersley’s Right Slide, oil on canvas (1964), and Leon Berkowitz’s Cathedral #5, oil on canvas (1966).


  • Waterhouse & Dodd, based in New York, will exhibit Frank Stella’s K.17 (lattice variation), a stainless steel and spray-painted Alumide sculpture (2008), Alexander Calder’s Variegated Loops, a gouache and ink on paper (1968), Sam Francis’ Red Yellow and Blue, an oil on paper (1963) and Willem de Kooning’s Untitled, an oil on New York Times newsprint (1975).



Celebrating its second edition, CONTEXT New York, led by Fair Director Julian Navarro, focuses on the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. Significant exhibitions include:


  • New York’s 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel will show artist José Angel Vincench, whose conceptual art is guided by issues within Cuban social life, and Danny Rolph’s latest work New York, an acrylic and mixed media on Triplewall (2017).


  • Accola Griefen Gallery, based in New York, will spotlight important American and Native American female artists, including Gina Adams, Judy Pfaff, Nancy Cohen and Marie Watt. The gallery will exhibit some of Watt’s larger works that were produced in “sewing circles,” including Foundation, made with reclaimed wool blankets, embroidery floss, thread, cedar twine and cast-bronze Kalipuya fishing weight (2014).


  • Denver’s Black Book Gallery will present David Walker’s Work in Progress and Ravi Zupa’s What Do We Do With Opposable Thumbs? (Tiger) from the Opposable Thumbs series. Zupa is self-taught and strongly believes that books are the best way to experience art, having spent decades studying art from cultures and movements that span history. Other artists on display will include Swoon and the celebrated street artist Shepard Fairey.


  • Corey Helford Gallery, located in Los Angeles, will make its CONTEXT New York debut this year. Known for showing international artists who are primarily focused on today’s pop culture, the gallery will offer Nicole Gordon’s Boy With Hot Air Balloon, oil on canvas, Ian Francis’ Red Figures and Chris Anthony’s Belinda Is Calm, a pigment print.


  • Gallery Henoch, from New York, will exhibit Eric Zener’s HATCH, oil on canvas (2017), John Evans’ Visitation, oil on canvas, and Alexandra Pacula’s Urban Mesmerism, oil on canvas (2017).


  • Portmarnock’s Gibbons & Nicholas will spotlight visual artist Peter Burns and a selection of his works, including Cold Mountain, Forest of Blood and Waiting, all oil on canvas (2016).


  • JOERG HEITSCH GALLERY, based in Munich, will present the NEW MASTERS exhibition, featuring emerging and cutting-edge artists, who will offer artworks in dialogue with the old and modern masters. Albert Paley’s Envious Composuresculpture, which was shown on Park Avenue (2013), will be front and center at CONTEXT. The metallic bronze painted steel piece weighs 6,345 pounds and stands at 18 feet and three inches. Other artists showcased will include Angela Glajcar, Victor Vasarely and Craig Alan, whose work mirrors that of Rembrandt’s.


  • Santander’s JUAN SILIÓ GALLERY will exhibit Rafa Macarrón’s La Plataforma, mixed media on aluminum (2017), and Chema Cobo’s About Nothing, an oil on canvas (2017). Macarrón, who is considered one of the up-and-coming artists in Spain, creates dream-like scenarios and a world of uncommon characters that, despite their drama and deformity, bear tenderness and kindness.


  • Lucía Mendoza from Madrid will showcase Salustiano García’s Esta ecuación hace un ruido parecido al de la lluvia Nº 1, an oil and color pencil on canvas (2011), and Cristina Gamón’s Territorios II, mixed media on plexiglass and board (2016).


  • Richard Koh Fine Art, based in Kuala Lumpur, will exhibit a selection of patterned drafted weaving structures from Anne Samat’s Huntsman Series. In addition, the gallery will display new works from artists Hasanul Isyraf Idris and Yeoh Choo Kuan.


This year, ART New York & CONTEXT New York will feature a selection of special projects, events and talks:


Art New York


  • Artist Mabel Poblet, who will represent Cuba at the Venice Biennale, will be spotlighted in the VIP Lounge, offered by CYNTHIA-REEVES, which is based in Walpole. Her work will be suspended from above with elements of mirrors and photographs, allowing guests to walk through it. Poblet is one of the most sought-after young artists to rise from the contemporary Cuban art scene, and is best known for her luminous, unclothed self-portraits.


  • New York Academy of Art will present Inside/Out, an exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and sculptures that depict interiors and exteriors by the Academy’s alumni.


  • Artist Jason Myers will exhibit The 99% United We Stand, an installation of 99 intimately scaled portraits portraying the faceless, nameless members of the 99%, presented by Long-Sharp Gallery, which is based in Indianapolis. A portion of sales will be donated to Direct Relief.


  • Amarist Studio, based in Barcelona, will present Welcome, an installation that shines light on the current refugee crisis. The exhibition will display hundreds of fragments of the original razor wire, plated in 24K gold and packaged in plastic cases as supermarket produce. All proceeds will be donated to USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


  • Gary Lichtenstein Editions will showcase works by famed photographer Bob Gruen, and, for the first time, rock and roll icon Jason Newsted of Metallica, in the combined exhibition ROCKERS RAWK. Half of all sales from both artists will be donated to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.




  • Visual artist and Professor of Art at Baruch College Terry Berkowitz will present Untitled/ Water Glass, an exhibition that asks the rhetorical question, “Do you see your glass as half full or half empty?” gauging not only if a person has an optimistic or pessimistic interpretation of reality, but also of their worldview.


  • Richard Garet will showcase Open, a work that explores the suggestive and poetic notion of crossing over through an opening into the unknown. Garet is recognized for interweaving moving images, sound, expanded photography and multimedia performance.


  • Artist and Director of Adult and Academic Programs at MoMA Pablo Helguera will display All Proceeds, a series of conceptual, socially engaged works. All proceeds will be donated to a variety of organizations that support social issue causes.


  • Artist and Musician Ted Riederer will present Tone Pictures: Our Year of Dissent, featuring photo emulsion prints made with records of field recordings inspired by moments in Riederer’s history, including his most recent entitled The Protests on April 15th, 2017, which was recorded during the Tax March.


At Art New York, the 1AN Symposium will bring together leading advisors, dealers, curators, critics and artists to speak on a range of topics to help you buy, maintain, protect and sell works of art. The programs will start at 2:00 PM daily in the Café area, with highlights including:

Here are some great highlights to check out:


Saturday, May 6


2:00 – 2:45pm

Women in the Arts

This panel, featuring prominent women in the arts, will uncover the ground-breaking ways in which women are disrupting and innovating culture.


3:00 – 3:45pm

New York: When Creativity Ruled the Streets

New York’s artists have made a giant impact on the art world with the rise of art-as-popular-culture. This panel will discuss the city’s electrifying cultural scene and the artists that have left their mark.


4:00 – 5:15pm

Rockers RAWK: When Art Meets Rock n Roll

Famed photographer Bob Gruen and rock and roll icon, Jason Newsted of Metallica, will talk about their combined exhibition ROCKERS RAWK. The artists will be on-hand for a Q&A session after the discussion.


Sunday, May 7


2:00 – 2:45pm
Art and Activism

Can political art change the world? History and current examples show that it can. This panel will discuss how art touches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with simple facts.


3:00 – 3:45pm

How to Approach Selling Your Collection

Are you looking to sell artwork that no longer fits your aesthetic? Or perhaps you are downsizing and need to let go of certain pieces? Our experts explain your options.


4:00 – 4:45pm

Real Fake: The Rise and Fall of Art Scammers

Forgery is not a new problem, but the art world continues to be rocked by forgery scandals. Hear from our experts as they tell stories of fraud in the art world.



Fair Hours:

Opening VIP Preview: Wednesday, May 3, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Fair: Wednesday, May 3, 5:00PM – 8:00PM; Thursday – Saturday, May 4 – 6, 12:00PM – 8:00PM; Sunday, May 7, 12:00PM –­ 6:00PM.


Pier 94 (711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019)

55th Street at West Side Highway



Tickets: $40 one-day pass; $75 multi-day pass; $25 students and seniors 62+; $25 Groups of 10 or more. Children under 12: Free. All tickets are valid for admission to Art New York and CONTEXT New York.

The generous 2017 cultural sponsors and partners for Art New York and CONTEXT New York include Conrad New York, Carey International, Resorts World Bimini, The Wall Street Journal, NYCxDesign, One Art Nation, Venü, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Blouin Artinfo, Art in America, Artillery, Manhattan, The Art Newspaper, Art & Antiques, ARTnews, Whitewall, artnet, Fine Art Connoisseur, Observer, ArtPulse, Cooper Hewitt, No Longer Empty, International Center of Photography, Americas Society, El Museo del Barrio, Turon Travel, Bourlet ArtLogistics, Butterfield Market, VOSS Water, Aesthetica, Bronx Museum, SculptureCenter, Norwood and Bric.



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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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